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  1. #1
    Cass Lewart
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    Vizio auto search skips channels

    I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which was
    not discovered during auto search.

    Cass

  2. #2
    G-squared
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    Cass Lewart wrote:
    > I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24

    analog
    > and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did

    ignore
    > NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today

    with
    > the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    > add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    > channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which

    was
    > not discovered during auto search.
    >
    > Cass


    Some sets allow you to type in the channel number directly. Since it
    didn't find it in scan, you would likely have to type in the actual
    digital channel number. Other sets don't allow it but it costs nothing
    to try. It's hard to belive there is _no_ way to manually add a
    channel.

    GG

  3. #3
    Ray K
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    Cass Lewart wrote:
    > I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    > and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    > NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    > the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    > add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    > channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which was
    > not discovered during auto search.
    >
    > Cass


    Where do you live? Some stations will change their DTV channels no later
    than Feb 18, 2009. Maybe yours changed early. If you are speaking of 4.1
    and 4.2 in NYC or LA, they will remain on their present DTV channels.

    Of all the NBC channels associated with analog channel 4, only the ones
    in Greenville, SC, and San Antonio will change their present DTV channel.

    Visit the link in Alan F's post of 1/31/08, 11:12 PM.

    Ray

  4. #4
    Alan F
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    Ray K wrote:
    > Cass Lewart wrote:
    >> I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    >> and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    >> NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    >> the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to add
    >> channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove channels. I do not
    >> see any way to select a digital channel which was not discovered
    >> during auto search.
    >> Cass

    >
    > Where do you live? Some stations will change their DTV channels no later
    > than Feb 18, 2009. Maybe yours changed early. If you are speaking of 4.1
    > and 4.2 in NYC or LA, they will remain on their present DTV channels.
    >
    > Of all the NBC channels associated with analog channel 4, only the ones
    > in Greenville, SC, and San Antonio will change their present DTV channel.
    >
    > Visit the link in Alan F's post of 1/31/08, 11:12 PM.
    >
    > Ray


    No station is changing this early, except for a handful that have shut
    down their analog signal because of equipment failure or tower problems.
    Cass, what city are you in and what is the NBC station call sign? If you
    know the call sign, go to wikipedia, enter the station call sign such as
    WRC-TV or KNBC-TV, and see what the actual digital broadcast channel is.

    Alan F


  5. #5
    Cass Lewart
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    Cass Lewart (rlewart@shell.monmouth.com) wrote:
    : I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    : and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    : NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    : the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    : add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    : channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which was
    : not discovered during auto search.

    : Cass

    This morning I disconnected the antenna and did the auto search
    getting 0 analog and 0 digital channels thus
    clearing the memory. Then I reconnected the antenna and auto
    searched again. Now it picked all the missing channels including 4.1
    and 4.2. Vizio does not seem to have a way to manually add channels
    or manually select a digital channel with the remote if it has not
    been previously found by auto search. If somebody
    knows how to do it please post.
    Cass

  6. #6
    TheWebJunkie@webtv.net
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    If you added a channel number, chances are that it would be the
    *virtual* channel number. Then the TV would have to scan all the
    channels anyway, examining their PSID information, until it found the
    correct one.

    I think that people such as us -- the ones who have knowledge of a
    station's *physical* channel -- are an extremely small minority. That
    doesn't make it worthwhile for manufacturers to build an "add physical
    channel" option into their televisions.


  7. #7
    Alan F
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    Cass Lewart wrote:
    > Cass Lewart (rlewart@shell.monmouth.com) wrote:
    > : I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    > : and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    > : NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    > : the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    > : add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    > : channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which was
    > : not discovered during auto search.
    >
    > : Cass
    >
    > This morning I disconnected the antenna and did the auto search
    > getting 0 analog and 0 digital channels thus
    > clearing the memory. Then I reconnected the antenna and auto
    > searched again. Now it picked all the missing channels including 4.1
    > and 4.2. Vizio does not seem to have a way to manually add channels
    > or manually select a digital channel with the remote if it has not
    > been previously found by auto search. If somebody
    > knows how to do it please post.
    > Cass


    Depends on the ATSC tuner, but some models will add a digital station
    if you manually enter the actual digital broadcast channel and it finds
    a station there. Use antennaweb.org, tvfool.com, wikipedia (using the
    station call sign), or even the FCC data base
    (http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/tvq.html) to find the actual digital
    broadcast channel. If you have a dual NTSC/ATSC tuner, entering 33.1 -
    if the remote has a "." option - sometimes works.

    Alan F


  8. #8
    Phil Ross
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    "Cass Lewart" <rlewart@shell.monmouth.com> wrote in message
    news:fo2bes$n09$1@news.monmouth.com...
    > Cass Lewart (rlewart@shell.monmouth.com) wrote:
    > : I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    > : and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    > : NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    > : the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    > : add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    > : channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which was
    > : not discovered during auto search.
    >
    > : Cass
    >
    > This morning I disconnected the antenna and did the auto search
    > getting 0 analog and 0 digital channels thus
    > clearing the memory. Then I reconnected the antenna and auto
    > searched again. Now it picked all the missing channels including 4.1
    > and 4.2. Vizio does not seem to have a way to manually add channels
    > or manually select a digital channel with the remote if it has not
    > been previously found by auto search. If somebody
    > knows how to do it please post.
    > Cass


    I have a Vizio VX20L and noticed the same thing. An annoying flaw to an
    otherwise good little TV. At least my 42" Sony plasma and LG DVR made it
    much easier to add channels without forcing you to do a full rescan, then
    disable ones that you don't want.

    Phil



  9. #9
    Cass Lewart
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    Alan F (afiggatt1@xverizonxx.net) wrote:
    : Cass Lewart wrote:
    : > Cass Lewart (rlewart@shell.monmouth.com) wrote:
    : > : I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    : > : and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    : > : NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    : > : the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    : > : add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    : > : channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which was
    : > : not discovered during auto search.
    : >
    : > : Cass
    : >
    : > This morning I disconnected the antenna and did the auto search
    : > getting 0 analog and 0 digital channels thus
    : > clearing the memory. Then I reconnected the antenna and auto
    : > searched again. Now it picked all the missing channels including 4.1
    : > and 4.2. Vizio does not seem to have a way to manually add channels
    : > or manually select a digital channel with the remote if it has not
    : > been previously found by auto search. If somebody
    : > knows how to do it please post.
    : > Cass

    : Depends on the ATSC tuner, but some models will add a digital station
    : if you manually enter the actual digital broadcast channel and it finds
    : a station there. Use antennaweb.org, tvfool.com, wikipedia (using the
    : station call sign), or even the FCC data base
    : (http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/tvq.html) to find the actual digital
    : broadcast channel. If you have a dual NTSC/ATSC tuner, entering 33.1 -
    : if the remote has a "." option - sometimes works.

    : Alan F


    The problem is model specific. There is no way to enter manually
    e.g. 4.1 on
    my Vizio.

  10. #10
    Deke
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels


    <TheWebJunkie@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:2288-47A4CA06-1982@storefull-3236.bay.webtv.net...
    > If you added a channel number, chances are that it would be the
    > *virtual* channel number. Then the TV would have to scan all the
    > channels anyway, examining their PSID information, until it found the
    > correct one.
    >
    > I think that people such as us -- the ones who have knowledge of a
    > station's *physical* channel -- are an extremely small minority. That
    > doesn't make it worthwhile for manufacturers to build an "add physical
    > channel" option into their televisions.
    >

    And heres a current list of the current digital station, with both their
    virtual and actual channels. Handy to have if your looking for a
    channel...its large, takes a bit to load.
    http://www.nab.org/AM/ASPCode/DTVSta...TVStations.asp



  11. #11
    Cass Lewart
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    Cass Lewart (rlewart@shell.monmouth.com) wrote:
    : I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    : and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    : NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    : the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    : add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    : channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which was
    : not discovered during auto search.

    : Cass

    I just realized that adding a channel may not be straightforward on
    any set. E.g., 4-1 in NYC area is assigned UHF frequency of channel
    28. In another area it would be a different frequency. Also the TV
    would have to know the identifying tags e.g., NBC-HD and so on.
    Cass

  12. #12
    N. Morrow
    Gast

    Re: Vizio auto search skips channels

    > > Cass Lewart (rlewart@shell.monmouth.com) wrote:
    > > : I have Vizio 37XL. When I recently auto searched it found 24 analog
    > > : and 47 digital channels with my OTA antenna. However, it did ignore
    > > : NBC 4-1 and 4-2 which I was receiving perfectly well till today with
    > > : the previous auto search performed a week ago. Is there a way to
    > > : add channels? The only choice on the menu is to remove
    > > : channels. I do not see any way to select a digital channel which was
    > > : not discovered during auto search.
    > >
    > > : Cass
    > >
    > > This morning I disconnected the antenna and did the auto search
    > > getting 0 analog and 0 digital channels thus
    > > clearing the memory. Then I reconnected the antenna and auto
    > > searched again. Now it picked all the missing channels including 4.1
    > > and 4.2. Vizio does not seem to have a way to manually add channels
    > > or manually select a digital channel with the remote if it has not
    > > been previously found by auto search. If somebody
    > > knows how to do it please post.
    > > Cass

    >
    >"Phil Ross" <paross@pacbell.net> wrote
    >
    > I have a Vizio VX20L and noticed the same thing. An annoying flaw to an
    > otherwise good little TV. At least my 42" Sony plasma and LG DVR made it
    > much easier to add channels without forcing you to do a full rescan, then
    > disable ones that you don't want.
    >
    > Phil


    Same deal on my VX32, however, I noticed that a previously unscanned HD
    channel showed up on it's own one day (without a forced scan). So, not sure
    if the firmware does some sort of auto detection when you're cycling through
    channels with the remote?
    N.Morrow



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